FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7 June 2018
CONSTRUCTION COMPLETE ON EXPANDED
MONTEREY-SALINAS TRANSIT (MST) OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE FACILITY
RIBBON CUTTING SET FOR MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
On Monday, June 11, 2018 at noon, the Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) Board of Directors, community leaders, and staff will celebrate the opening of MST’s new and expanded Monterey Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility at One Ryan Ranch Road.
The project updates and expands the facility from its original 20,000 square feet built in 1978 for a fleet of 36 buses to a 33,000-square-foot facility designed for up to 88 buses serving the communities of the Monterey Peninsula. The project is unique in its use of pre-engineered building elements which reduced both cost and construction time required for completion. The ribbon will be cut in front of the facility’s new service bays, after which tours will be given of the new features including a new tire-servicing station, larger parts storage, water-efficient bus wash, electric bus charging station, and the second-floor communications center which offers a birds-eye view of the bus yard.
The $22 million construction project, lasting nearly 15 months, has generated approximately 250 well-paying, local jobs to the area through direct and indirect activities. Project funding came from State of California Proposition 1B (2006) Public Transportation Modernization, Improvement, Service Enhancement Account Program, from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP), and from local funds. A recent boost in TIRCP funds under Senate Bill 1, also known as ‘the gas tax’, is under a threat of repeal, and projects like the Monterey Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility would be stalled or cancelled across the state if the repeal effort is successful.
The facility is dedicated to Thomas D. Albert (1946–1982), MST’s first general manager. Under Mr. Albert’s leadership and guidance, public transportation was converted from private to public ownership. He was responsible for the steady growth and improvement of public transportation throughout Monterey County. MST staff refer to the facility as ‘TDA’ in his honor.
For more information, please visit www.mst.org or call Monterey-Salinas Transit toll-free at 1-888-MST-BUS1.